Antagonists of Horror Series: Vampires

A deep dive into the evolution of vampires. Are they still scary?

Deep Dive

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4 Weeks



Are vampires still scary?

Vampires are a staple of popular fiction with origins in the Gothic Horror of Bram Stoker and Sheridan Le Fanu, inspired by the nightmarish myths and legends of Eastern Europe. Over time, they have been adapted to fit a variety of narratives, crossing genres, and evolving to meet the needs of diverse writers and readers. Vampires are one of the most recognized monsters in the traditional horror pantheon, but they are also intricately linked with romance and erotica. So, are vampires still scary?
Throughout this 4-week course you will:

  • Examine the evolution of vampires in popular fiction from Dracula to Interview with the Vampire to The Gilda Stories to True Blood, and yes, even Twilight.
  • Compare texts to learn how writers have adapted vampires to represent societal ills such as drug addiction, racism, homophobia, sexual repression, and even slavery.
  • Explore how vampire images and tropes have changed or stayed the same over time.
  • Incorporate vampires into your writing, and make them uniquely your own.
  • Decide for yourself if vampires are still scary.

Michelle Renee Lane

Bram Stoker Award Nominated Writer and Vampire Enthusiast
Michelle Renee Lane holds an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. She writes dark speculative fiction about identity politics and women of color battling their inner demons while fighting/falling in love with monsters. Her short fiction has appeared in several anthologies, and her Bram Stoker Award nominated debut novel, Invisible Chains (2019), is available from Haverhill House Publishing.
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